San Antonio: Things To Do in San Antonio as a Travel Nurse

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By The Gypsy Nurse

January 9, 2015



Things To Do in San Antonio

When you’re in a new City, finding the ‘Best’ things to see or do takes a bit of research.

Avoid the time-consuming research by taking these suggestions for Things to Do in San Antonio from one of the Network group members, Deana.


  1. Kimura – Ramen  downtown by pecan street and Riverwalk (Great food)
  2. Rita’s On the River- Riverwalk, Great food and Pitchers of Margaritas less than $30
  3. Vegeria – vegan tex mex (didn’t try)
  4. Mi Tierra’s – off the market square (awesome experience and great food)
  5. La Margarita’s – also off the market square. Liked Mi tierra’s better
  6. Green Vegetarian Cuisine – Pearl District, Didn’t try
  7. LaGloria – Also in Pearl District, didn’t try, but it gets rave reviews
  8. Bun n barrel –didn’t try
  9. Roberto’s taco shop-didn’t try
  10. El Chapparal- In Helotes off of Bandera Rd. – Live music in the evenings, wonderful atmosphere and food.
  11. The Grist Mill in Gruene is  great!
  12. There are quite a few restaurants off the riverwalk. Joe’s crab shack is one, Dick’s bar is another. Sometimes there’s coupons in the current magazine.
  13. Big Lou’s Pizza- Awesome pizza. Has wagon wheeled size pizza for around 99 bucks. Get a much smaller one if there’s just 2 people. Will feed an army.
  14. Lots of chains – Whataburger started in Corpus Christi, Taco Cabana is a san Antonio starter, Las palapas is great!
  15. Umai Misa is an awesome Asian restaurant. There’s a few shops in the little shopping center too. Also has a painting class similar to Pinot’s Pallette, Latin Dance Lessons, and a cool coffee shop.
  16. Chocolateka off of 1604 is a chocolate bar!

Things to do

  1. Riverwalk – There’s riverboat tours until 9pm.
  2. TheMissions including the Alamo- there are 5 I think. Takes all day to see every one.
  3. Visitor’s center on the Riverwalk close to Alamo has lots of pamphlets.
  4. The governor’s palace is downtown.
  5. There is also a church downtown that is awesome.
  6. Pearl Brewery District.- The brewery has been closed for a while but they are building a nice hip area with shops and food. There’s a cool coffee shop down there.
  7. The Buddhist temple by mission ranch is Chua Phuoc Hue, 6292 Lockhill Road, San Antonio it has an awesome garden with statues
  8. There is a Japanese Tea Garden next to the Zoo.
  9. Of course Sea World and Fiesta Texas (six flags are here) they may have some Christmas stuff going on.
  10. If you want to learn salsa, Arjon’s Dance Studio is a nice little Cabaret. Sundays for $5 cover from I think 7-9 there is salsa lessons. Drinks are $1. This was a cool activity for me and another travel nurse.
  11. Incarnate Word put their Christmas lights up last week. I haven’t been able to go yet.
  12. Tejas Rodeo Awesome!! Rodeos run from March to early November. Dancing included.
  13. Tons of festivals are usually going on somewhere.
  14. New Braunfels and Gruene are nice little towns. Live music in Gruene. There’s also 2 wineries there.
  15. There is Floor country store dance hall in Helotes close to El chaparral.
  16. Cowboys dance hall has concerts, dancing and other stuff like pbr going on.
  17. Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels in the summer- biggest Water Park I’ve seen.


  1. The shops at La Cantera are good.
  2. Ingram mall
  3. There is a couple of shopping centers down Huebner. Take a right onto Huebner from Babcock.
  4. Past HEB and around I 10 there’s a Walmart, Sam’s, Specs (Nothing but liquor) and some other chain favorites. There is also a couple of small Walmarts on Bandera on the way to Helotes.
  5. Ingram Mall I think that’s the one on 410 has a decent mall.
  6. Market Square on Commerce-Like Little Mexico, Can Barter with shop owners.
  7. Buc-cees’- New Braunfels, Biggest Gas Station Ever!


  1. Alamo draft house (you can order food and drinks from your seat in the movie).
  2. Paladium has a nice bar and restaurant in it. Alvin and the chipmunk statues are there.
  3. Bijou Cinema- similar to Alamo draft house, but has independent films.


  1. Little Woodrow’s-on Babcock. Nice sports bar.
  2. Moses Roses Hideout  next to jimmy john’s on Houston by the Alamo- awesome burgers
  3. There’s chains like Bar Louie’s and Stone Werks and YardHouse and some others that are pretty nice to go to.
  4. There is a bar in the Tower of America’s. Like the space needle. $8 cash to park in their lot. They have a happy hour.
  5. Friendly Spot is downtown and is family and pet friendly.

Parks (Dog Friendly)

  1. Phil Hardberger Park, There are two Sides.
  2. Spend a weekend morning at one of San Antonio’s dog parks.  Come on out and meet puppies, dogs, and people of all breeds.
    Great way for both you and Fido to make lasting friends! See a full list here:

A Huge “Thank You” to Deana for sharing this list.  Do you have other suggestions for san Antonio?  Have a similar list for another city?  Please share!  If you would like to have your City To Do list published, get in touch!

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